HGTV : Use American Flag as Tablecloth

HGTV : Use American Flag as Tablecloth

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Rochester, NY

#1 Jun 13, 2013
A recommendation by Home & Garden Television to use the American flag as a tablecloth has sparked outrage among viewers. Thousands have contacted the network to denounce the suggestion as "un-American."

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jun 13, 2013
This is an abomination. Horrible. Against all the rules on how to treat the American flag. What bonehead thought this up?

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

#3 Jun 13, 2013

Not so fast: HGTV pulls segment suggesting American flag tablecloth


The Home & Garden Television network has apologized for an online segment that suggested viewers use American flags as tablecloths for their Fourth of July celebrations.

“This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened,” HGTV said in a statement late Wednesday.“We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people.”

In the segment, titled “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” the network suggested viewers "drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner."

The segment recommended using a "nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”

Many viewers expressed outrage.“Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory—especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote on HGTV's Facebook page before the segment was pulled.

“I cannot fathom why y’all would suggest something so disrespectful,” wrote another.“I am appalled that you would suggest using the flag that my brother was killed defending in Iraq as something to catch spills on a table at a cookout. I am positively appalled.”

"No one dies for a table cloth," another added.

It appears HGTV did not adhere to section 176 of the U.S. Flag Code, which states:

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.


(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

The only time U.S. Flag Code allows for the flag to be draped is on a coffin, Fox News Radio noted.

Of course, the code is simply a guideline, and not law. "The Flag Code does not prescribe any penalties for non-compliance nor does it include enforcement provisions," attorney John Luckey wrote in a 2008 Congressional report on the federal flag code. "Rather, it functions simply as a guide to be voluntarily followed by civilians and civilian groups."

Rochester, NY

#4 Jun 13, 2013

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

#5 Jun 13, 2013
Leroy wrote: aeI0Fic/T_S8qT8DdlI/AAAAAAAAvq M/juPMxx1SYFw/s1600/Free+Human ity+American+Flag+toilet+paper .jpeg
then MOVE Leroy. if that's what you really believe.
although, I tend to think you're just an ugly pimple faced toad in the attic. greasy. smelly. unbathed.
try another country you chicken sh3t.
that's what I thought.
on the dole, eh, PUSSYcat?
Kwame Najo Tetteh

Astoria, NY

#6 Jun 13, 2013
I think it's a great idea. I use mine as a handkerchief personally, and my small ones as coasters.
Ha Ha


#7 Jun 13, 2013
It's not as bad as our own government using the constitution as toilet papter ...

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